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Heartbreak for the Love Boat
According to MSNBC, the original Love Boat will be making a final run to the demolition yard. The ship once known as the Pacific Princess, and used as the backdrop for the TV series, is done.
This is a heartbreaker for me–and I’m betting for far more of you than ever admit it. The Pacific Princess’ weekly “another run” down the Pacific coast of Mexico was a welcome escape for me when I was a young gay boy growing up in one of the country’s most-conservative places. Each week Captain Stubing, Julie McCoy, Gopher, Doc, and Isaac: Your Bartender, took my young mind far away, into a world of dreams, possibilities, and romance in a way that no other show really could (Fantasy Island did it for a while, but then it got too hocus-pocus and Mr. Roarke seemed to have too many mystical powers).
The Love Boat ended its TV run in 1986, two years before I convinced my parents to take me on my first cruise. The ship we sailed was the Carla Costa, and little did I know that she may have played a role in the creation of the TV show: it has been written that early scripts for the Love Boat were written on board the Carla.
Each night I sent my parents to bed, then went out on the deck to watch the stars and the moonlight, dreaming of a passionate romance. At age 23, I wasn’t yet out of the closet, and hardly knew what it meant to have a man flirt with me, but in retrospect I realize I was likely flirted with the entire trip by a very handsome guy who was traveling with a group of friends. We took lots of walks together, went snorkeling together, hung out…if only he’d put a move on me!
Anyway, RIP original Pacific Princess. You will never be forgotten by this gay guy, nor, I suspect, by thousands and thousands of others who–likely partially because of you–now are frequent cruise passengers all around the globe.
Click here for the story on MSNBC, and to watch a video of the ship.
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